Great tool very user friendly
Used the pole trimmer to reduce height of 6 to 8m to around 3m lilly pilli in front yard. Worked really well once I got used to handling the unit.
Only issue was the range of extension seemed to be much smaller than published so had to use the unit without the shoulder strap in a number of areas which was a bit awkward but not impossible. My only concern with no strap was one of safety and manouverability. If you were careful it wasnt an issue but a gung ho user might easily come to grief.
The chain saw was amazing in that it cut almost all th...
Purchased in April 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
So Far So Good
I've only had this pole pruner for a couple of weeks and so far I have no concerns as mentioned in other reviews. I have a tall mulberry tree which I used to prune either by climbing up the middle of the tree and reaching out, or by standing on a ladder. Neither option is available to me now after an unrelated accident so I suddenly found myself in the market for a chainsaw on a pole.
This is certainly a lightweight chainsaw (by that I mean that you won't be toppling some huge ironbark any time soon with it) because it is not a lightweight in ...relation to the actual weight of the equipment - and it certainly doesn't feel too light at full extension wobbling around trying to cut accurately. It's a workout on the arms for sure. It will cut through decent sized limbs and in fact it's probably better on the bigger branches because it will tend to bounce off the little ones without cutting them. I haven't had any issues with excess oil leaking down the pole, nor was there excessive oil usage after giving it hours of use turning a very over-grown tree into a manageable sized tree. It wasn't too power hungry too - flattened a 5Ah battery and started on another one before the end of the day. Overall, it's a decent compromise between weight / power / convenience. It's either this or a Elevated Working Platform with a more manageable chainsaw, so I can see the direction that Ryobi have taken. P.S. - Dear Ryobi, could you please include in the future enough chain oil just to get it up and working on the day when it is purchased? That would seriously improve your customers satisfaction after the purchase, rather than muttering your brand name (in a non flattering manner) all the way back to Bunnings to purchase chain oil.
Purchased in April 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Had This Unit for 6 Years and Still Going Strong.
I first purchased this unit to trim tree branches overhanging my back fence. After charging, the unit has performed faultlessly, easily cutting branches up to 3 inches (150mm) thick. The pole makes cutting high up or horizontally at a distance achievable, although a little heavy when held almost at arm's length. However, once the blade is positioned on the branch to be cut, the weight of the unit is sufficient to keep the blade cutting through.
I have found that I need to re-tension the chain before each use, and top up the oil occasionally, ...
Great purchase, heavier than expected
Great tool! Works well with a standard ryobi 18v battery.
It’s a little hard to manoeuvre if you’re short, but you get used to it. Also heavier than expected.
Easy to put together as well.
Purchased in January 2021 at Bunnings Warehouse for $119.00.
For what it is, surprisingly good. Some design weaknesses.
I purchased this and a pole hedge-trimmer about 18months ago. They got a heavy workout on days 1 & 2, then not much for a while. Note: I haven't had the problem with oil getting on the pole, not the chain, as seems to be a common fault from other reviews. I am also an experienced/trained chainsaw operator/owner.
I also own a range of Ryobi One+ tools, mostly drills. And the drills were purchased because it was the cheapest way to buy batteries! (Last one I bought, I got a drill, two batteries and a charger for the price of two batteries)...
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.00.
Handy Long Reach Pruner
I originally purchased one of these and after three uses it stopped working. Couldn't work out why. I contacted Ryobi who were very good about it and I took it back to Bunnings and exchanged it for another. I have had this now for two years and it's had a reasonable amount of use without any issues.
This tool has been very good for pruning branches that would normally be out of reach even with a standard step ladder. So in this sense it has been very practicable and has served me well. I have also used it on a few occasions as a substitute ch...ainsaw and cut thick pieces with a diameter of around 150mm and had no problems. In fact I used it instead of a Stihl petrol driven chainsaw only because the latter's saw chain was blunt. The fact that it is cordless is a bonus - instant start is fantastic ...compared with having to mix fuel and then going through the trials and tribulations of pull starting and choke adjustment... big difference! So aside from the initial disappointment, I'm quite happy with this this tool and surprised that it has been going well without any hiccups for two years now.
Purchased in October 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Great pruner so far. Have used it about 10 hrs cutting lemon gum and black wattle including dry dead branches and had no problems. It does use a lot if chain oil, but doesnt leak for me unlike others, so you do need to keep a eye on that and the chain need tighten every 15 or 20 mins of use. Very quiet and not that heavy. Great battery life.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse.
I've got a lot of the One+ products so figured I'd give this a go. This is a great product, much easier and safer than using a step ladder.
Being battery powered it's not the fastest at cutting, but since I only need to cut through relatively thin branches it does the job well.
Purchased in March 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $199.75.
No problems despite what I'd read here.
After reading a few very negative reviews, I was prepared to take my new purchase back (unopened) for a refund. I decided to persevere. I found the manual required some interpretation, and after staring at the manual and the saw for a day or two, I found out how one can adjust the chain tension via the smaller of the two hex keys. This step is very poorly noted and explained in the IKEA-like manual. (I wonder in hindsight whether some problems associated with its use are to do with poor chain adjustment?) I then adjusted the chain tension to th...e recommended values before I started. I filled the oil tank with trepidation and waited for it all to spontaneously empty itself, which it did not. I then cut down two dead small trees/shrubs up to 4 metres high, working mostly without the lengthening third section of the pole. It worked very well and chewed through branches up to its recommended diameters. I looked at the chain tension halfway through the job and adjusted the tension once. At the end of the task, I'd used about 20% of the oil in the tank without any obvious leaks down the length of the saw. Did a basic cleanout of sawdust on the whole chain at the end of the job as well. Very happy with my purchase. I just wonder which generic chain I can use to replace the first chain when it finally gives up.
Pole saw seems seized
For some reason my Ryobi battery operated saw just stopped and seems to be seized. It has operated perfectly since I bought it and I am very happy with it. When I push the levers to operate it nothing happens and the chain cog won’t turn. Anyone else had this or overcome it some how?
Potential is great
I found the oil ran out of it all down the handle it did not appear to get on the chain. There was a piece of sponge in the oil compartment should that have stayed or be removed. It did work ok . I was concerned about the oil on the battery contacts.
Great. However it’s got a little flaw.
Brought this little beauty a while back. It worked well initially. But the guide bar is held in place by one screw. And noted this would come loose about twice during use. We had multiple crepe myrtles that needed their yearly prune and I would spend lots of time putting the chain back on. In the end I had tightened that screw more than it could handle and it began to burr. It’s a simple thing to replace. But it’s going to fail so be ready for that.
All in all if you have the Ryobi batteries already and enjoy the product like I do this won’t...be a deal breaker. Ryobi has parts to replace these items. I just need to have time to get one myself. After I have moved to a new home my poor pruner has just sat no more crepe myrtles to cut yearly. Breakdown Has pole sections that screw apart to make the reach longer or shorter. Depending on the branch you need to get to. Operates well (while chains tension is ok) Regular stops for checking chain is advisable. Nice feel. Would easily buy this again even if I knew about the screw.
Where have you been all my life.
Awesome. Purchased this little beauty a couple of weeks ago and gave it a flogging on the weekend. Mum has a large Jacaranda tree in her back yard. This saw gave me access from the ground and ripped the thing to pieces easy as. Green branches up to 150mm were a breeze and as I had a hedge trimmer with the same extension poles, I added another that gave me access to around 4m in height. 3 ute loads in minutes. The thing is still brand new so the longevity of the product is unknown at this point.
Does the job but not as easily as I’d hoped.
The pruner has a central extension that you can remove, I can only use it in the shorter version as it’s pretty top heavy, the male in the house has less difficulty but agrees that it’s not well balanced. I can see so many ways to better design this tool, it’s a shame Ryobi missed the opportunity. Regardless, it does the job well and runs fairly quietly.
I purchased the Ryobi Pole Pruner to tame all that was difficult to reach in a Queensland yard. The product is a surprisingly capable little pruner. As others have mentioned, it does have a drinking problem. Do keep bar oil by side. And like all chainsaw the chain does require regular sharpening to perform well. Very happy with the purchase, ideal for domestic pruning purposes.
Questions & Answers
Can you purchase an Allen key for the pole chain saw
Most allen keys are either metric or imperial and can be bought in various lengths and configurations from Bunnings or hardware stores so if you contact Ryobi maybe they can tell you what size and type you need. Mt guess would be its metric.
If the unit is under 6 years old they may replace it on the extended warrantee if you registerd it when you bought it or have the receipt copy. Being an engineer now retired I haven't dismantled these but it should be easy enough to fix. using a standard key.
Thanks Ken yes realise that but getting 1 with totally different sized ends might be a mission
Appears to have blown a fuse on polesaw
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How can I fix it?
Opp18 pruner doesn't match hedge trimmer pole OHT1850S
I only have one Ryobi 18v pole and it fits both the hedge trim and chain saw without a problem. I bought the pole with the chain saw attached first then after I found it does such a great job I bought the hedge attachment and that also works on the same pole.
Thanks Ken. The Opp18 pruner is 2021. The hedge trimmer pole OHT1850S is 2016. They have changed the connection a bit after only 5 years. Maybe you bought yours at the same time?
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